One of the six Dodgers to file for arbitration yesterday has come to an agreement with the team on their 2016 salary.
31-year old Chris Hatcher has agreed to settle for $1.065 million with the Dodgers, and that means he will be back. The former catcher now turned reliever had a 3.69 ERA last season while racking up 45 strikeouts in 39 innings.
MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) broke the news a few minutes ago:
chris hatcher settles with dodgers for $1.065M
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 14, 2016
Hatcher now returns for his second season with the Dodgers after the club acquired him in December 2014 in the Dee Gordon trade. Steamer projects Hatcher for a 3.19 ERA this coming season while Marcels projects him at 3.96.
Either way, this is a bargain for the Dodgers, and cheap bullpen arms that are serviceable are seemingly tough to come by for contending teams these days.